The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 23, 2014


Anacostia Museum Opens Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia
1944 Homestead Grays, Negro National League champions. Photo: Art Carter Papers, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University.
WASHINGTON.- From the mid-19th century, baseball was played on sandlots, public parks and white-owned ball fields across the District of Columbia. But the most popular teams, accomplished players and thrilling games, whether professional or amateur, neighborhood or citywide, came out of the black community. Long before Jackie Robinson integrated the Brooklyn Dodgers, exceptional players like Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard and James "Cool Papa" Bell were setting records and drawing capacity crowds as players for the Homestead Grays, one of the Negro Leagues' top teams. Ballplayers such as Satchel Paige and Roy Campanella, who were eventually recruited by major league baseball, played in D.C. honing their skills in the Negro League games.

The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum exhibition "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia" chronicles and celebrates the history of African Americans in baseball in the nation's capital despite segregation. "Separate and Unequaled" is accompanied by a traveling exhibit "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues," both on view from May 18 through Oct. 5 at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., located at 801 K Street N.W. The society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The story of black baseball in Washington begins as early as the mid-1800s when the game was "a perfect mania" in the city, according to a Sept. 11, 1866, Daily National Intelligencer article. Baseball clubs formed throughout the city as citizens young and old eagerly participated in the sport. But neighborhood and organized African American teams, unable to own ballparks, played wherever they could and often requested the use of white-owned fields, such as the White Lot located on the grounds of what would become the Ellipse. Teams such as the Washington Mutuals and the Washington Alerts held games there until the use of the park by blacks was abruptly ended in 1874. Charles Remond Douglass (son of Frederick Douglass) played on both those teams. Griffith Stadium, the home of the major league Washington Senators, and located in the one of the District's major African American neighborhoods, became the city's primary venue for black and white games-with segregated seating when white clubs played. Black semi-pro clubs, such as the Washington Potomacs, frequently rented the stadium and their games drew larger crowds from the general citizenry than those of the hometown team. But black baseball really took off when the Homestead Grays from Pittsburgh became known as Washington's hometown Negro National League team playing at Griffith's stadium beginning formally in 1940.

"Separate and Unequaled" features more than 55 photographs, paintings, documents and artifacts illustrating the proud history of black baseball in the area. The show notes the various amateur, collegiate (Howard University) and semi-pro black baseball teams and leagues, as well as the community teams that gave rise to them. Highlights include large, original paintings of Grays ball players by artist and author Kadir Nelson's that are replicated in his book, "We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball." Uniforms, signed balls and bats, gloves, news clippings, correspondence and other memorabilia document the record-setting accomplishments achieved and tribulations endured by these early players-many of whom never got to play in the majors. Recognition is given to the club owners who successfully organized their teams into million dollar enterprises through the onset of baseball's integration, which ultimately signaled the Negro Leagues' demise.

The exhibition also highlights the critical role played by sportswriters, such as Sam Lacy, of the Washington Tribune and the Baltimore and Washington Afro-American, and Art Carter, sports editor of the Washington Afro-American and Gray's publicist in promoting the team and Negro League games. The Negro League participation by woman owner Effa Manley, who in retirement fought for Baseball Hall of Fame recognition for Negro Leagues players, is discussed in the exhibition. Providing an interactive experience, the exhibition offers visitors authentic historic stadium sounds, audio and film interviews with legendary players, and the opportunity to take a photo with a life-size Grays player cutout.

Anthony A. Gualtieri, museum specialist in history, is exhibition curator; Gail S. Lowe, senior historian, is co-curator; and Ryan A. Swanson, doctoral candidate at Georgetown University, provided additional research and writing for "Separate and Unequaled," which was developed by the museum and presented in collaboration with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

"Discover Greatness," a traveling exhibition from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., provides a broad national overview of the Negro Leagues. A timeline accompanied by images and artifacts offers a contextual perspective on this historic sports movement. "Discover Greatness" is presented by the museum in collaboration with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by Bank of America.





Last Week News

May 19, 2008

Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture - Largest Single Outdoor Showing of Henry Moore

Vancouver Art Gallery to Receive Prime Vancouver Waterfront Site for a New Gallery

The Nude Body Exhibition Opens at Fundacion Mapfre in Madrid

A Humane World for All: The Rhinelandish Artist Group the Cologne Progressives 1920-33

Fine Art and European Furniture from the Estate of José Iturbi On Offer at Bonhams & Butterfields

New York Museum Exhibit Explores Horse, Human Relationship

Italian Works from the 16th and 17th Centuries at Partridge Fine Art

Michael Beutler - Up, Down at Franco Soffiantino's Art Gallery

Nancy Macko: Hive Moments, Works On Paper at Commissary Arts

The Telfair Museum of Art Presents Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry

Italian Sculptor Pietro Cascella Died in Pietrasanta

New York-Based Painter Robert Feintuch Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

Volume Attempts: The Space of Books at Temple Gallery

Ellen Schneiderman Exhibition at The Space Gallery

May 18, 2008

Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board Awards Contract to Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Manolo Valdes Presents 17 Sculptures in the Streets of Barcelona

The Kunsthalle Bielefeld Presents Richard Hamilton. Virtual Spaces

Henry Moore Sculpture Could be Re-Erected Thanks to Twenty First Century Science

The Karsten Greve Gallery Invites 10 Artists to Present EChO Wanted

Satiric Dancer By André Kertész Sells for GBP 228,500

Spain 1957-2007 Opens at Palazzo Sant Elia in the Sicilian Capital of Palermo

Michelle Charles' First Major Exhibition To Open at Kettle's Yard

Hong Kong International Arts and Antiques Fair in October

First Substantial Exhibition for South African Artist Pieter Hugo at Open Eye Gallery

Workers Provide Intimate Portrait of Two Centuries at the White House in Newest Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit

Sotheby's New York Spring Sale of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art Achieves $10,165,325

The Franklin Institute Receives $2 Million In Gifts For Topical "Changing Earth" Exhibit

Delaware Art Museum Welcomes First Recipient of Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

The National Gallery and Credit Suisse Announce Major Partnership

May 17, 2008

The British Royal Collection: From Bruegel to Rubens Opens at Royal Museums of Fine Arts

For Reasons of State Presented by Whitney Museum Independent Study Program at The Kitchen

Manifest Responsibility: Environmentalism and the Art of the American Landscape at Loyola

Dario Robleto: Alloy of Love Opens at The Frye Art Museum

Research on 15th-Century Spanish Altarpiece Unlocks 500 Years of Secrets

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future at The National Building Museum

Good Prospects Young German Photographers 2007/2008 at Martin Gropius Bau

Vexing: Female Voices from East LA Punk Opens at Claremont Museum of Art

Joslyn Art Museum Presents Denise Fleming: Painting with Paper

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art at Vancouver Art Ga

Contemporary Japanese Handicrafts in the Japan Foundation Selection at Narodni Galerie

EXIT 08 Draws a Living Picture of Contemporary Danish Art at GL Strand

Credit Suisse and the National Gallery Announce Major Partnership

Head of Auction House Castellana de Subastas Detained After He Stole 14 Works of Art

International Museum Day in Spain

Go China! Assen-Groningen at Drents Museum and Groningen Museum

SFMOMA Announces Gary Garrels as Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture

Governor of Iowa Announces $1 Million Vision Iowa Grant For Pappajohn Sculpture Garden

Iconic Work By Ed Ruscha from the Collection of American Actor Bud Cort Sells for $3,961,000

UW Art Museum Installs Large-scale Sculpture on the Terrace

May 16, 2008

The Famed Collection of J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller to be Offered at Christie's in London

Sotheby's Sale of Swiss Art on May 27 to Inaugurate New Auction Room in Zurich

Contemporary Ceramic Art from Sweden on View at The Design Museum in Ghent

Carlos Loarca: Spirit Dogs, Painting the Past into the Present

Landscapes by Photographer Gary Kolb to Open at The Loyola University Museum of Art

The Peter Golding Collection of Rock & Roll Art Sold at Bonhams

Centro Cultural de Caixa Girona Opens Infant Exhibit from The Montserrat Museum

Limited Edition T-Shirt Collection Presented by Gap and the Whitney Museum

Renowned Swiss Artist Illuminates Washington National Cathedral

The Collectors Series: Joe Ng and Luke Chan at The Art Gallery of Hamilton

Don Wright Exhibit at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery

Sotheby's London Spring Chinese Sales Series Totals $32,549,604

Pittsburgh Corning Encourages Architects to Imagine Design Possibilities

May 15, 2008

Francis Bacon's Triptych 1975 Sells for Record 86.3 Million at Sotheby's in New York

Israel Museum Presents Great Isaiah Scroll For the First Time in Over Forty Years

Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art at Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art

Turner Prize Candidate Mark Leckey Solo Exhibition at the Kolnischer Kunstverein

Transformations: The Lea/Lee an Exhibition at City Hall in London

Leo Kesting Gallery in Assocation with The Friends Of The Highline Presents: Julia Mandle

More Than Seventy Galleries Present at Art Moscow 2008 Starting Today

Past-Forward Curated by Vincent Honoré for the Zabludowicz Collection at 176

National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces Historic New Orleans Sites to Receive Grants

The Corrigan Gallery Presents "Celebration," With Works by Richard Hagerty

Daniel Richter has His First Retrospective in Spain

Duncan Regehr Exhibits Magic at Petley Jones Gallery

May 14, 2008

One of America's Greatest Artists, Pop Art Pioneer, Robert Rauschenberg Died in Florida at 82

Major Artists Reach New Heights with Eight World Auction Records Established

Fontana, Manzoni & Burri in the Milan Modern & Contemporary Art Sale at Sotheby's

Tate Gallery Announces Four Artists to Turner Prize Shortlist

Viennese Painter Maria Lassnig at Serpentine Gallery in London

Adam Cullen Let's Get Lost Set to Open at The Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Works of Aileen Campbell on View at The Institute of Contemporary Arts

La Casa Encendida Opens 34 Views Against Forgetfulness

Mattress Factory Exhibits Inner and Outer Space

Biennial of Contemporary Art at La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art

The Story of The Supremes, Based on the Collection of Mary Wilson, at The Victoria and Albert Museum

MoMA Presents Major Exhibition of the Films of Canadian Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics Opens at Gardiner Museum

HELLO! Magazine Celebrates its 20th Anniversary with Exhibit at Getty Images Gallery

Katrina Brown Appointed Director of the Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site